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How Website Woes Foiled Obamacare a Second Time

To estimate how many Medicaid applicants are sitting on waiting lists, CQ Roll Call called and emailed officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and combined estimates from the 41 that responded as of May 29.

The Hidden Failure of Obama's Health Care Overhaul

At least 2.9 million Americans who signed up for Medicaid coverage as part of the health care overhaul have not had their applications processed, with some paperwork sitting in queues since last fall, according to a 50-state survey by CQ Roll Call.

The Real Spirit of Memorial Day: Put Veterans First | Commentary

For us, as the commanders of our nation’s three largest veterans’ organizations, Memorial Day is a time of solemnity more than celebration, of remembrance more than recreation. Of course, we don’t begrudge anyone who observes the traditional start of summer with a barbecue, picnic or other festivities. But we do hope that our fellow Americans will take at least a few minutes to recognize the reason why May 26 was a national holiday: To honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation and preserve our freedom.

White House Boosts Response to Surge in Child Migrants

President Barack Obama ordered the creation of a high-level working group to respond to the recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant children, following congressional criticism that he has neglected to acknowledge the extra money and effort needed to handle the crisis.

It's Time to Level the Playing Field in Cancer Care | Commentary

When business and health care intersect, doctors are faced with troubling and seemingly impossible situations. While our primary focus is always the patient, and delivering the best available care for that patient, flawed health care policies that go against what we want for our patients — and for our health care system — are making our job increasingly difficult.

National Security Will Suffer With Derailment of School Nutrition Standards | Commentary

Four years ago, hundreds of retired admirals and generals formed a united front on the war against childhood obesity in support of the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. As a result of that legislation, more than 90 percent of the nation’s school districts are successfully implementing nutrition standards that ensure students are offered appealing, nourishing school lunches.

A Bipartisan Solution to Protect America's Most Vulnerable Patients | Commentary

Many of the hospitals that serve our nation’s most vulnerable populations often face a steep penalty, costing them valuable resources and ultimately hurting the very people that the penalty aims to protect: the patient.

The 'Vitter Amendment' Isn't Going Away | Commentary

I get it. My legislation to end Washington’s Obamacare exemption or subsidy doesn’t make me popular in Washington. But if you think it’s going away, I have news for you: There’s only one way to make that happen, and that’s to pass it.

Creating a National Strategy for Mental Health | Commentary

If a friend or a co-worker takes us aside and confides that he has been diagnosed with cancer, we give him a shoulder to lean on. We ask what we can do. But most of all, we care. We understand.

New Exchange Rule Biggest Pre-2016 Health Care Move

A sweeping new administration rule outlining how the health law’s insurance marketplaces will operate next year sweetens financial protections for insurers and clarifies the role of counselors known as “navigators” who help people enroll in medical plans.

Some Insurance Plans Still Charge for Required Services for Private Health Plans

In theory, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has great clout in deciding which treatments and services private health plans must provide to their customers without imposing copayments.

Lung Screening Proposal Renews Scrutiny of Preventative Services Task Force

Once fairly obscure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has gotten headlines in recent years by questioning the value of mammograms for women in their 40s and recommending that men not have the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test unless they have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Congress Must Act and Stop Deporting Our Veterans | Commentary

As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans.

Military Caregivers Save the Nation $15 Billion Annually, but Receive Little Support | Commentary

We are a nation that has been at war for more than 12 years — conflicts that have left more than 60,000 people physically wounded, more than 400,000 people living with invisible wounds like combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, and more than 320,000 people with traumatic brain injuries. Many of the brave men and women affected by these wars sacrifice their health, lose their jobs and live in isolation. You may think these individuals are exclusively the brave men and women who fought for our country, but many never put on a uniform — they are the countless hidden heroes caring for wounded warriors on the home front.

Massachusetts Latest Blue State Facing Exchange Failure

Massachusetts is joining Oregon as the latest state to pull the plug on its online health insurance marketplace and prepare to send residents to the federal healthcare.gov website instead.

Congress Doesn't Deserve an Obamacare Exemption | Commentary

Americans across the country have been forced into the Obamacare exchanges. They’ve lost the coverage they liked, they’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and they’re finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes this even worse is that their representatives in Congress can’t completely relate. While all of this is going on outside of Washington, insiders in Congress and the administration carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves. They decreased their own Obamacare burden but didn’t do the same for their constituents.

Local Health Depts. Driving Change Toward E-Cigarette Regulation | Commentary

In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a warning that changed public health forever: Smoking is harmful to your health and can cause cancer. After a great reduction in smoking rates and many thousands of lives saved, decades of progress are now endangered by the new kid on the block — the electronic cigarette.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

Mfume Brings Dose of Activism to Health Policy

Nearly 20 years after leaving Congress, Kweisi Mfume is focused on ensuring health policies work for minority communities.

Breaking the Cycles of Addiction and Recidivism | Commentary

Some issues transcend political divisions. How best to prevent drug addiction before it starts and provide treatment to those who want to turn their lives around is one of those issues. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a lot about what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to preventing and treating drug abuse. And while we’ve made some significant strides in our fight against addiction, we can do even better.

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